A playful home built of recycled materials takes in sunrise views in Ecuador

August 19, 2019 by  
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Built largely from recycled materials, the home that architect Daniel Moreno Flores recently completed for an artistically inclined client in Ecuador oozes playfulness and creativity as well as a reduced environmental footprint. Located in the town of Pifo less than an hour’s drive east from Quito, the House of the Flying Tiles is strategically sited to embrace views. The house is named after its massive installation of hanging tiles — reclaimed and new — placed at the entrance to create visual interest and help shield the glass-walled home from unwanted solar heat gain. When deciding where to place the home, Flores began with a site study. Along with the client, he arrived early at the site to observe the direction of the sunrise and the best positions for framing landscape views. To make the home look “as if it had always been there,” Flores also let the site-specific placement of the home be informed by the existing trees and fauna. No trees were removed during the construction process. Related: This staggered, residential tower is draped with greenery in Quito “The house is oriented to the view, for the contemplation of the mountain, of the neighborhoods, and of all the plants and trees of the place,” Flores explained. “These spaces seek an intensification in the relationship with some externalities such as the mountain, the low vegetation, the sky and with the Guirachuro (a kind of bird of the place).” Using a mix of new materials and reclaimed wood and tiles from three houses in Quito , the architect created a 130-square-meter home with three main spaces: a double-height living area that opens up to an outdoor reading terrace and connects to a mezzanine office space; the bedroom area that overlooks mountain views; and the ground-floor bathroom that is built around an existing tree. The roofs of the structure are also designed to be accessible to create a variety of vantage points for enjoying the landscape. + Daniel Moreno Flores Photography by JAG Studio , Santiago Vaca Jaramillo and Daniel Moreno Flores

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Greenland’s ice sheet lost 197 billion tons of ice in July

August 19, 2019 by  
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What melts faster than an ice cream cone on a sweltering summer day? Greenland’s ice sheet. In July, the world’s second biggest ice sheet lost 197 billion tons of ice and increased sea levels by about half a millimeter. On August 15 alone, Greenland’s ice sheet had a major meltdown, losing 11 billion tons of surface ice to the ocean, scientists reported. While it’s not unusual for Greenland’s ice sheet to melt during the summer, it usually starts at the end of May but began weeks earlier this year. Meteorologists reported that July has been one of the hottest months around the world ever recorded. For instance, global average temperatures for this July are in line with and possibly higher than July 2016, which holds the current record, according to preliminary data reported by the Copernicus Climate Change Programme . Related: Iceland will unveil monument for the first glacier lost to climate change According to Ruth Mottram, a climate scientist with Danish Meteorological Institute , Greenland’s ice sheet lost 197 billion tons of ice in July, enough to fill nearly 80 million Olympic swimming pools. Mottram told CNN the expected average of ice melt this time of year would be between 60 and 70 billion tons. What could it mean? All this wacky weather may ultimately result in one of Greenland’s biggest ice melts since 1950. With the melt season typically lasting to the end of August, Mottram said the ice sheet could see substantial melting; however, it might not be as much as in recent weeks. Melting ice isn’t the only issue facing the Arctic, as the area has also experienced wildfires , which scientists said could be because of high temperatures. Since June, Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service has observed more than 100 intense wildfires in the Arctic Circle. The recent wildfires and ice melt in the Arctic Circle could be strong indicators of more climate change -related issues ahead. Via CNN Image via NASA

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Bringing Hyperloop to the Heartland

October 30, 2018 by  
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Special announcement by the team hoping to build a Hyperloop transportation system to the place where the U.S. Interstate system was born. Findings from the Hyperloop feasibility study to develop a route between Kansas City to St. Louis (250 miles) — potentially cutting the round trip travel time from 8 hours to 40 minutes — will be presented. 

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Why food nostalgia won’t make us more sustainable

June 20, 2018 by  
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Sponsored: Sara Place discusses how productivity improvements in plant and animal agriculture work synergistically to reduce input requirements for producing food.

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What does sustainability mean for beef?

April 16, 2018 by  
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Sponsored: Sara Place of The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association discusses the challenges and solutions surrounding sustainable beef production

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Jennie’s Place: A Tiny Vernacular Memorial Home for Two Children Murdered in Honduras

June 27, 2014 by  
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On June 3, 2008, two children living in a small house overlooking a lush valley in Guaimaca, Honduras were murdered by four criminals. Jennie Lizeth Lopez (12) and her brother, Karlin Adali Valdez (10) were victims of a needless and brutal crime. Paul Lukez Architecture visited the original location where these horrendous events occurred and met with local community members on how to best memorialize the lives and spirit of Jennie and her brother Karlin. The hillside community of La Nava embraced the idea of building a structure on the footprint of the original house. Over 65 family members helped build the structure. In addition, PLA was able to raise $30,000 for materials and specialized labor. The new structure designed by PLA has three interior spaces; a multi-use community space, a chapel and a rest room. Simple means of construction mined from the local vernacular helps create a space of peace and meditation. Light and nature work their wonders, as the space becomes a place to collect and filter impressions, experiences and memory. + Paul Lukez Architecture The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , Honduras , Jennie’s Place , memorial , Paul Lukez Architecture , reader submitted content , salvaged materials , sustainable design , tiny home , vernacular architecture

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Awesome Replica of Dorothy’s Iconic Twister-Swept House from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Built with Scraps

December 24, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Awesome Replica of Dorothy’s Iconic Twister-Swept House from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Built with Scraps Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: art installation , Dorothy’s Kansas house , Farnsworth Museum , Maine artists , movie design , movie house replica , movie houses , movie inspired houses , reclaimed building materials , reclaimed plywood , Recycled Materials , Resisting Entropy: There’s No Place Like Home , scrap metal art , Wizard of Oz house        

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Israeli Electric Car Company Better Place Files for Bankruptcy

May 28, 2013 by  
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The once-promising electric car company Better Place has filed for bankruptcy. The company sought to put in place a large and innovative electric vehicle network with interchangable batteries , which could be switched out and replaced in about the same amount of time it takes to fill up a tank of gas. But that concept never truly came to fruition, partly because it never attracted enough buyers to become a commercial success. On Sunday, the company announced plans to liquidate. Read the rest of Israeli Electric Car Company Better Place Files for Bankruptcy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bankruptcy , better place , Better Place bankruptcy , Better Place cars , electric car , electric vehicle , ev charging network , ev charging stations , EVs , Israel , Renault , shai agassi        

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Birch Coffee – A Sustainable Community Hangout

January 7, 2011 by  
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Photo Credit: Eric Ryan Anderson When Jeremy Lyman and Paul Schlader wanted to open a café in New York City called Birch Coffee, they felt it needed to be more than just another place that served a warm cup of Joe. Their desire was to create a community around sustainable food and beverages and be a “simple yet special spot to get away from life’s grueling demands and regain a little peace of mind”

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70-Year-Old Woman Discovers World’s First Orange Alligator

January 7, 2011 by  
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Photo courageously taken by Sylvia Mythen Sylvia Mythen , a 70-year-old grandmother from Venice, Fl, has discovered what appears to be the world’s first orange alligator. She was returning from work on Thursday when she drove by the gator..

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